Dacia's What Car? Car of the Year 2014 smart buy winner

Bargain hunters have again been told to “look no further" than Dacia's What Car? Car of the Year 2014 smart buy winner.

The Dacia Sandero 1.2 Ambiance retained its 'Best Small Car for less than £12,000' title at a glitzy ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

Hailed by judges as “one of the cheapest new cars on sale today", it cruised past its rivals despite coming in, at £6,795, almost half the maximum price allowed for its category.

It's the second year running that the “shockingly affordable" brand Dacia has eagerly snapped up the supermini honours at the What Car? Awards with its high-selling Sandero.

“Where the Sandero really excels is practicality," said the judges. “There's loads of room for four, with excellent leg and headroom, and one of the largest boots in the class. The Sandero offers an extraordinary amount of space for not a lot of money."

The What Car? COTY Awards are given out only to the cars that set the highest standards in their class, and it is considered to be one of the biggest and best dates on the UK automotive calendar.

The judging panel, who drove thousands of miles testing a wide range of vehicles in deciding the prizes, added: “On the road the Sandero is competent, offering reasonable grip and excellent visibility…safety equipment is competitive, and includes four airbags, emergency brake assist and stability control.

“At £6,595 our chosen model is one of the cheapest new cars on sale today. That it comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty only adds to its appeal."